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5th Annual Chocolate Party

ChocolateParty_poster2017bAn exciting collaboration has been happening with The Granary, Apple Cheeks, Black Tartan, Chesswood, The Good Food Company and The Grand Hotel. This event is also supported by Downtown Carleton Place and the Town of Carleton Place.

Exciting things planned for that day:

  • Santa at the Grand Hotel from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Special Chocolate Feature Menus at Participating Restaurants.
  • Free Hot Chocolate and 5th Anniversary Celebration at Apple Cheeks.
  • Carleton Place Civitan Club will be hosting a Santa’s Workshop upstairs at the Arena from 10 am to 2 pm. Fun crafts and toy building for the kids.
  • Free Public Skating at Arena from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Enjoy the Chocolate Alley Bistro at The Granary Featuring, Fair Trade Chocolate.
    Gift Bags to the First 50 Customers.
  • Stop by The Green Counter Boutique to make a paper Christmas Tree.
  • Celebrate The Blossom Shop Grand Re-Opening and check out their newly renovated space.

 

THE GOLDEN TICKET DRAW: Sunday, November 12 –Sunday, December 3rd

goldenticketbannerAs part of the Chocolate Party, The Granary has organized a Golden Ticket Draw and invite you to participate to win great prizes.

This is how it works:

When you make a purchase at a participating business you receive a ballot or “golden ticket” signed by that business. You then take the ticket to a second participating business where it can be entered into the draw. A purchase is not required at the second business.  The ballots must be initialed by 2 businesses to qualify. The draw will end on Sunday, Dec 3 ( the day after the Chocolate Party). Prizes include 2 x $200 in BIA Bucks and three gift baskets. 

The following is a complete list of participating businesses:

  • The Granary
  • Burns
  • Grahams
  • Nancy’s Impressions
  • Soak Bath and Body
  • The Blossom Shop
  • Little Loves
  • Green Counter Boutique
  • Kaleidoscope Design
  • Carousal
  • Bonanza Kids
  • Wisteria
  • The CP Chamber Office
  • Apple Cheeks
  • Chesswoods
  • Black Tartan
  • Good Food
  • Ginger Cafe
  • Floral Boutique
  • The Dress Shop
  • The Wool Shop
  • Owl Cafe
  • Darlington Acupuncture & Massage

 

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Relax, with L-Theanine

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Tea is known to be a rich source of flavonoid antioxidants. However, tea also contains a unique amino acid, L-theanine. Found primarily in black and green tea leaves, L-Theanine is an amino acid (building-block of protein) that can have a calming effect on the mind. First discovered in 1949, L-Theanine has been studied for its nootropic properties. Nootropics are supplements, drugs, or functional foods that enhance cognitive functions.

L-Theanine is widely used for its ability to reduce nervousness, improve concentration, promote relaxation and have an overall calming effect on the mind. It also has the remarkable ability to cross the blood-brain barrier which means that L-theanine is able to reach the brain directly. L-theanine also has positive effects on stress levels and shown to increase dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, which are some of the brain’s feel-good chemicals. This is why teas containing L-theanine, such as green tea and oolong tea, are effective at helping people relax.

For those suffering from anxiety, Chronic stress or mild depression, L-Theanine in supplement form can be very effective. L-Theanine can have a direct influence on our brains, regulating and calming neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin and GABA – and simultaneously inhibiting the effects of the “stress hormone” norepinephrine.

All this allows L-Theanine to help improve mood, sleep, and learning capacity while reducing the feeling of being stressed.

Stop by the store and ask us for a free sample of L-Theanine to see if this product is right for you. We sell a variety of brands in both chewable and capsule form including Pure Lab Vitamins, AOR and Natural Factors.

Save on Anne Marie Borlind during October

Treat your skin this fall with Anne Marie Borlind skin care.  Save 10% on this all natural quality skin care line starting Oct 13.

AB_Dekoration_LL_Export_280610_finalI want to introduce you to a new line of skin care products now available at The Granary. After looking into numerous options, I am happy to say we have decided to become your local retailer of Anne Marie Borlind products. When shopping for skin care I wanted a company with extremely high standards, not just for results but for social responsibility as well.  Thats why the Anne Marie Borlind’s Promise of “innovation, social commitment and sustainability” resonated with me. This 60 year old company prides itself on state of the art research and innovation with ingredients whose ethical origins can be traced, often back to socio-ecological projects happening all over the world.

These beautiful skin care products are made with certified organic or wild harvested raw materials that are free of all raw ingredients sourced from animals. They also reject the use of ingredients that are not biodegradable or may be unsafe such as PEG, paraffins, petroleum derivative, silicon oils and polycyclic musk compounds. Basically we found a complete line of high quality proudest that have been developed against a backdrop of maximum ecological and social responsibility – but do they work?

With a wide range of products Anne Marie Borlind has something to offer everyone.  Come into the store today and get  a pocketful of samples. We know you will be back for more!! This month, spend $100 on Anne Marie Products after discount and get a free hand lotion.

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Coffee Seminar & Tasting

October 22, 2017,  10:00 – 11:30 am
Calling all Coffee Lovers!

Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee will be at The Granary talking coffee. Come learn about the entire coffee process from bean to cup while enjoying some of the best locally roasted coffee available.

The perfect cup starts with ethically sourcing beans, solar roasting in-house, grading and superior packaging. Fluid Coffee will take us through this process. Learn about the difference between large and small-scale production and why coffee prices can vary drastically between different brands.

Find out how you store, grind and brew your beans can alter the coffee experience. Finally, learn how the best coffee is brewed at home by you.

This will be a fun-filled morning of learning and discussion so grab a friend and join us.

Call today to save your spot as seating is limited. A $5.00 deposit will be required at registration and a 5$ in-store credit will be issued that day.

Call or visit the store to register.

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Raw Carrot Cake Balls

Quick, easy and delicious. These No-Bake Carrot Cake Balls pack a nutritional punch but satisfy the sweet tooth. Enjoy as a snack or as dessert. Make them nut free and freeze for a quick lunch box treat your kids will love.

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup unsweet coconut for rolling

6 -7 dates (Medjool are the tastiest!)

3/4 cups walnuts (Substitute sesame or pumpkin seeds to make it nut free)

1/2 cup grated carrots

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 honey (maple syrup can work too)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

Reserve the 1/4 coconut in a shallow pan for rolling finished balls. Place the remainder of the ingredients in a food processor and process until fully combined. The mixture should be firm enough to form 1 inch balls. Roll balls in reserved coconut and reiterate for a few hours. Store in airtight containers in the fridge up to 7 days. Can also be frozen for up to 60 days.

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Everything you wanted to know about Vitamin D, but were afraid to ask

Vitamin D is important for strong, healthy bones and teeth but did you know it also plays a significant role in keeping your brain, heart, lungs, muscles and immune system functioning in tip-top shape?   According to researchers at the University of Calgary, 97% of Canadians are deficient in Vitamin D!   The estimated economic impact of Vitamin D deficiency is $14 billion in healthcare costs and 37,000 premature deaths annually in Canada according to Dr. William Grant Ph.D., Director of the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Centre.  

 

So what is vitamin D anyway and how do I get it?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in many functions throughout the body.  The body can make Vitamin D from adequate sunlight.   You can also get the “Sunshine Vitamin” in supplement form and in small quantities from a few foods such as fatty fish of fortified milk.

Whether it is synthesized from sunlight or absorbed from food or supplements, the body has to change Vitamin D into a hormone before it can be used.  So Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin at all!  This hormone is called “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol”.

 

What does Vitamin D do for me?
Once it’s converted and ready to go, the body uses Vitamin D to absorb and utilize calcium and phosphorus and to help cells throughout the body communicate.  

Vitamin D is also required for the development and growth of bones and teeth, for proper thyroid functioning; it protects against muscle weakness, is involved in the regulation of the heartbeat, supports the immune system and is important in the prevention of breast and colon cancers, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.  

 

I’m Canadian and not a snowbird…what do I need to know?

Our bodies make Vitamin D from a cholesterol compound in the skin when it

is exposed to UVB rays from the sun.  In Canada, the sunshine is not strong enough to provide adequate Vitamin D during the winter months.   People with darker skin have a harder time absorbing Vitamin D and those with older skin have a harder time yet.   Adding to this challenge is our attentive use of sunscreen; 93% of UVB rays are blocked by SPF 15!  Little wonder 97% of us are deficient in Vitamin D at some point during the year.

 

How do I avoid or combat Vitamin D deficiency?

The easy way to avoid or combat Vitamin D deficiency is to supplement year-round, particularly from October – May.   Doctors, scientists, and researchers are still discovering what the optimal dosage should be.  Factors to consider are:

  • The season;
  • How far north you are;
  • How many hours you spend outdoors during peak UV times;
  • Whether or not you apply sunscreen;
  • How pale or dark your skin is;
  • Your age;
  • Your weight;

Health Canada Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamin D

Age group Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) per day Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) per day
Infants 0-6 months 400 IU  (10 mcg) 1000 IU (25 mcg)
Infants 7-12 months 400 IU  (10 mcg) 1500 IU (38 mcg)
Children 1-3 years 600 IU (15 mcg) 2500 IU (63 mcg)
Children 4-8 years 600 IU (15 mcg) 3000 IU (75 mcg)
Children and Adults

9-70 years

600 IU (15 mcg) 4000 IU (100 mcg)
Adults > 70 years 800 IU (20 mcg) 4000 IU (100 mcg)
Pregnancy & Lactation 600 IU (15 mcg) 4000 IU (100 mcg)

The no observable adverse effect level (NOAEL) is 10,000 IU per day (Institute of Medicine Report 2010).

According to the Vitamin D Society, the best way for Canadians to determine their own personal dosage requirements is to maintain optimal Vitamin D blood levels (between 100-150nmol/L).  They encourage all Canadians to get their Vitamin D levels tested!

 

Types of Vitamin D

D2 (ergocalciferol) is plant-sourced and contains no cholesterol.  Until recently this was the only supplemental form for vegans but it is now understood to be inferior.

D3 (cholecalciferol) is considered the natural form and is the most active and is as much as three times more potent than D2.    D3 is synthesized in the skin and is also available in supplemental form.   D3 is sourced from lanolin (oil from sheep’s wool) and the vegan form of D3 is sourced from lichen.  Lichen is a unique combination of fungus and algae that grows on rocks and trees.

 

What to look for in a good Vitamin D supplement

Always, always, always look for Vitamin D3; if the label just calls the product “Vitamin D”, check the medicinal ingredients for the form.  Because Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, look for supplements that are in oil rather than tabs.  The format can be liquid or softgels, although liquids are always a little easier for the body.   Take Vitamin D with a meal containing fat to increased absorption.  

To optimize absorption, look for an Emulsified Vitamin D3.  Emulsification makes D3 easier to digest and absorb which is a benefit to anyone but is particularly import for those with malabsorption issues (Crohn’s, Celiac, Gastric Bypass, Diverticulitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome).   Also, anyone with gallbladder issues or who have had the gallbladder removed or who has difficulty digesting fats should choose an Emulsified Vitamin D3 or take a bile salt supplement with their Vitamin D3.

 

What’s new with Vitamin D3 research?

Scientists are still discovering how Vitamin D works and how many body processes its effects in the body.  There is new research coming out that demonstrates just how important and how varied Vitamin D’s influence is.  Growing evidence supports that Vitamin D may play a role in preventing or reducing the severity of many conditions such as childhood asthma, some cancers, diabetes, autism and autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis.   For the latest research go to the Vitamin D Society’s News Page.

 

freevitaminDday_webHere at the Granary we’re giving away bottles of

FREE VITAMIN D

Thursday, September 28th.  

Pop in to see us and grab your free bottle!

 

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3 Great Vegan Recipes containing Nutritional Yeast

Adding Nutritional Yeast to your diet is easier than you might think. It can simply be sprinkled to the foods you already enjoy, but if you’re looking for some new ways – try these great vegan recipes. Packed with protein, B vitamins and more. Adding Nutritional Yeast increases the protein and B vitamins in your food. It’s a great addition for kids with a taste they like – cheese!

Vegan Pasta Alfredo

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4.2 ounces uncooked spaghetti (120 grams) (regular or gluten free)
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Cook the minced garlic with olive oil until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the almond milk and bring it to boil. Add the salt, pepper, chopped cauliflower and cook until it’s soft about 7 minutes.
  • Transfer to a blender (or use an immersion blender) and add the nutritional yeast and lemon juice. Blend until smooth.
  • Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions.
  • Drain the pasta and pour it into the pan with the sauce. Stir and serve.

Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 large cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 2 big cloves of roasted garlic (or 1 clove raw garlic)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • salt & pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Chop the head of cauliflower into small florets.
  • Place cauliflower in a large pot and fill with just enough water to cover the florets.
  • Bring the water to boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Steam until tender, about 6 minutes.
  • Drain the cauliflower well.
  • Place the cauliflower in a large bowl, and puree with a potato masher or immersion (stick) blender.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste.

Crispy Hash Browns

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 yellow potatoes (the small type)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon Himalayan/sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • Generous sprinkles of Italian herbs
  • Spray Oil
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Fill enough water in a small saucepan to cover the potatoes and bring it to a boil – which may take up to 10 minutes.
  • Once the water is bubbling, turn the heat to medium (4) and simmer for about 50 minutes or so until the potatoes are very soft.
  • Drain all the water and rinse the potatoes in cold water to cool it down a bit, then put them in a bowl and remove any excess water. Mash the potato with a fork, masher or something else. You can leave little bits and pieces unmashed for better texture. Also, leave the peel in there.
  • Once the potato has been mashed pretty well, add the nutritional yeast, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and Italian herbs. Give it a good mix until everything is even.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  • Grease an oven tray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Use your hands to form the dough into oval, hash brown sizes. The thickness should be about the same thickness as your pinky. Place them on the oven tray without overlapping.
  • Add a generous spray of cooking oil on top of the hash brown pieces and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, flip them over (very important, or you’ll end up with one burnt side), then bake for another 16 minutes until the top has browned.
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Nutritional Yeast – A Vegan Pantry Staple

Nutritional Yeast is a deactivated yeast.  It cannot be used to leaven bread or brew beer. Instead it can be used to add a nutritionally packed creamy flavour to your food. It is also referred to by many as “nooch”.

Nutritional Yeast is a strain of yeast known as Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. Like all yeasts it is a member of the fungi family. It is typically grown on a sub straight of molasses or cane sugar. The yeast is harvested from the growing medium, washed and dried with heat, which “kills” or deactivates the yeast (stops the growing process).

Nutritional yeast has the benefit of being a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that the body can not produce. This makes it a huge hit with vegans who are always on the hunt for good plant based protein sources.  In addition to protein, nutritional yeast also contains a full complex of B vitamins, including thiamine, folate, B6 and niacin all which help with energy production. It also has the benefit of being low in sodium and fat and its gluten free.

Nutritional Yeast is used as a condiment similar to parmesan cheese by many vegans and non vegans alike. It creates a uniquely cheesy texture and taste. You can add nutritional yeast raw to smoothies or salads, or sprinkle it over popcorn, stir into soup or toss into pasta.

When shopping for Nutritional Yeast at The Granary, look in the fridge! The fridge keeps it staying fresh and flaky for an extended shelf life.

 

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The A-B-Cs of Herbal Medicine: Adapt, Build and Calm with Adaptogenic Herbs

The category of herbs referred to as adaptogens are said to stabilize and regulate physiological processes that promote homeostasis. The term adaptogen, was coined in the late 1940s by Russian scientist, Dr. NikolaiLazarev, following research done on Eleuthero root (Siberian ginseng). In 1968, scientists Brekhman and Dardimov formally defined adaptogens as plants that have three characteristics.

First, they are nontoxic, supporting safe, long-term consumption. Second, they produce a nonspecific biological response that improves the body’s ability to resist multiple forms of stress, including physical, chemical and biological stressors. Third, they have a normalizing influence; adaptogens help to bring the system back into balance – adapt, build, calm.

Today, scientific research into adaptogens is specific to the following four areas:

(a) phytochemistry: isolating and identifying the structure of active constituents of adaptogenic plants;
(b) biochemistry and molecular biology: mechanisms of stress-protective activity of adaptogens; molecular and cellular levels;
(c) experimental and clinical pharmacology: efficacy and safety of adaptogens in stress-related disorders (animals and humans)
(d) development of herbal preparations/products that have well established medicinal use in evidence-based medicine.

Some studies have indicated that certain adaptogenic substances can activate the protective mechanisms of cells (key stress mediators), which is linked to an increase in survival rate. (pubmed 10.3390/ph3010188)

Research suggests that adaptogens relieve stress by modulating the release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands, specifically affecting the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). HPA Axis: When the brain perceives danger (stress), it signals the hypothalamus to release the hormone Corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH), stimulating the pituitary gland to release Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH travels through the bloodstream to the adrenal cortex where it stimulates the release of cortisol and other glucocorticoid hormones. At the same time, the sympathetic nervous system triggers the adrenal medulla to release epinephrine (adrenaline).

When cortisol levels rise in the blood, they inhibit the release of CRH and ACTH from the hypothalamus and pituitary, shutting down the stress response. The continued, long-term activation of this stress response results in excessive cortisol levels that lead to a cascade of hormonal imbalances affecting cognitive, emotional and mental health function, a reduction in energy and stamina, reproductive hormone production and the possibility of a complete immune breakdown. Adaptogens control the stress response by reducing the continued activity of the HPA axis.

Active Compounds: Adaptogens are typically either complex phenolics or tetracyclic triterpenoids/ steroids. Phenolic compounds include phenylpropanoids and phenylethane derivatives, such as salidroside (rhodioloside), rosavin, syringin, triandrin, tyrosol, lignans, eleutherosid E and schisandrin B. They are structurally similar to the catecholamines, the mediators involved in the activation of the stress response in the early stages of stress exposure. Tetracyclic triterpenoids, such as cucurbitacin R diglucoside, ginsenosides and phytosterol-glycosides (eleutheroside A, sitoindosides, daucosterol) structurally resemble the corticosteroids that act as stress hormones involved in the inactivation of the stress response.

The monoterpene glucoside, rosiridin, which is isolated from Rhodiola rosea, was found to inhibit monoamine oxidases A and B in vitro implying its potential beneficial effect in depression and senile dementia.

Rhodiola and Eleuthero contain high amounts of phenols, particularly phenolpropane and phenolethane derivatives, and as mentioned these
compounds are structurally related to catecholamines (epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine) playing a role in the optimal function of mood, emotions and regulating the fight or flight response. These adaptogens demonstrate a single dose response in the body. Alternatively,

Panax Ginseng and plants that contain tetracyclic triterpenes, structurally similar to corticosteroids, support a healthy stress
response after an ongoing daily dosing of one week or more. As corticosteroids are involved in a wide range of physiological processes that include the stress response, the immune response, and the regulation of inflammation, the active components in these plants play a key role in the HPA axis – mediated regulation of the immune and neuroendocrine systems. In other words, these constituents support the optimal function of the entire endocrine and neurological systems.

Over the past seventy-five years, science suggests that the regular use of adaptogens has an all-encompassing effect in overall health; supporting cardiovascular health, blood sugar regulation, energy enhancement and improved athletic performance, mood and mental health, and overall hormonal regulation. Some adaptogens have hepatoprotective (liver protection) effects, while others can enhance eyesight, improve sleep, aid digestion and improve respiratory function.

The NOW® herbal product line has multiple adaptogenic options that include single ingredient options such as Rhodiola, Relora, Panax and
Siberian Ginseng just to name a few, as well as adaptogenic formulas such as our Liver Detoxifier and Super Cortisol Support. We conduct over 97 different quality assurance tests to ensure identity, purity, potency, and safety. We screen for a wide array of contaminants and adulterants, including heavy metals, pesticides, agricultural chemicals, steroids, pharmaceutical traces, various pathogens and microbes, and much more, requiring our suppliers to adhere to strict specifications. Quality ingredients that reflect effective doses, are the cornerstones of our business at NOW Foods.

Written by: Marva Ward CNP and Educator for Now Foods

 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

This perfect pairing of sweet and tart comes from Jae Steele’s book “Ripe from Around Here” her seasonal recipes are fantastic. I made these recently with fresh rhubarb and frozen strawberries, but fresh strawberries or frozen rhubarb would be fantastic too!

2 1/2 cups spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 sp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1.2 tsp sea salt
1 cup diced rhubarb (approx 1cm pieces, if they’re too large the sourness will be quite a contrast)
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup buttermilk or the vegan version buttermilk (1 tbsp apple cider vinegar + non-dairy milk)
1/2 sunflower oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cups sliced strawberries

Preheat oven to 375 *F, Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with liners or a light coating of oil

Whisk together the flour baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add the rhubarb. in a small bowl mix together maple syrup, apple sauce, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into the flour mixture. Mix together just until the flour is absorbed – Don’t over mix. Gently fold in the strawberries. Portion into the muffin cups. Bake for 25 min or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Keep in an airtight container for 2 days or up to a week in the fridge.